McConnell: Tea Party movement not racist

July 26, 2010 | | Comments 39

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that the Tea Party movement is not a racist organization.

McConnell, R-Louisville, said he agrees with Vice President Joe Biden, who has said President Barack Obama and he do not consider the Tea Party racist.

McConnell, appearing on Mandy Connell’s show on Louisville’s WHAS-AM radio, elaborated on an answer he recently gave to CNN when asked if there were racist elements in the Tea Party. The question was prompted by charges about the limited government movement by the NAACP.

McConnell told CNN he was not going to get into that debate.

He said Monday that his reply to CNN “was probably not my best answer.”

“We all know what the Tea Party is all about,” McConnell said on the radio show. “It’s about Washington out of control. It’s about too much spending, too much debt, too many Washington take-overs.

“I think that’s wonderful. I think it’s great that it’s grown. It’s a purely organic organization. I am always amused by people trying to find a leader. There’s no leader. It’s everybody expressing their outrage. We share that.

“I think people in the Tea Party know who’s been opposing all these things in Washington. It’s been Republicans.”

–Jack Brammer

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  1. Wills says:

    Mitch’s pathetic attempt to get Tea Bagger support

  2. Aforester says:

    Oh , Mitch said it. Well then it must be true. We all know how truthful he is. Nuff said.

  3. dd says:

    Why did he leave out the part about the tea party wanting to get rid of do-nothing career jerks like him. Isn’t that also in their credo?

  4. Martha says:

    He forgets Republicans pushed for these billion dollar wars! I still don’t really understand what we hope to accomplish fighting them.

  5. Wills says:

    Martha, together those wars cost a Trillion dollars and counting…

  6. WhoSaidThat says:

    Glad Mitch is finally getting the message. One more thing, Mitch. You better get more vocal in your opposition or will will find someone more like minded to replace you. Notice the outrage at your friend, Hal Rogers! We want strong conservative leadership. Not bipartisan compromise!

  7. Reese says:

    If it quacks like a duck …

  8. FormerDemocrat says:

    Wasn’t the Democratic party the party of slavery?

  9. William says:

    McConnell said:

    “I think people in the Tea Party know who’s been opposing all these things in Washington. It’s been Republicans.”

    No. The Republicans have just been opposing everything and offering nothing. Mitch, your the leader of the party of NO (ideas). The Democrats haven’t fared much better, but at least they are putting something on the table.

    Enjoy your last term in office.

  10. Jackie says:

    Mitch wouldn’t know the truth if it smacked him in the face he’s all about personal GREED. Now the Tea Party started out with a mission but slowly the KKK joined in and then the Big Businessmen like Mr. Koch who started with their own mission. The real message got lost as other push their way to the front, and real Tea Party members were kicked to the rear. Republicans have lost leadership with wing nuts like Rep. Boehner and Senator McConnell. The Republican Law Makers are now using the Tea Party.

  11. Matt says:

    The tea party itself is not racist. Some of the fringe followers are. The tea party started with Ron Paul in 2007, it was hijacked by Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity. It nationalized the movement, however it drew the worst of supporters.

    People picketing with signs that say “Democracy, not Socialism — Hands off my Medicare and Social Security” give the movement a bad name.

    I am an avid conservative. Yet, there is only one thing that annoys me worse than a dumb and uneducated liberal, and it is a dumb and uneducated conservative.

  12. Buck Feshear says:

    The spitting on black politicians DID NOT HAPPEN. Anyone who says it did is a liar. If you can prove otherwise, I hear Andrew Breitbart has a huge chunk of change as a reward for you.

    The screaming? Well, anyone who voted for that health care bill ought to be screamed at.

  13. Gadfly says:

    Do a little research and you will find out that with the exception of a few signs, the rest was proven to be false.

  14. Gracchus says:

    McConnell is dissembling. The question has never been “Is the Tea Party a racist organization?” but rather, “Why does the Tea Party seem to attract racists, and why doesn’t the Tea Party fully repudiate the racists in its midst?”

  15. xyz says:

    I will be so glad when the R after his name stands for RETIRED. Let’s all help him achieve that status.

  16. Bob Frapples says:

    Saying that the Tea Party is not a racist organization is like saying the NAACP is not a black organization. I have yet to hear any common sense whatsoever out of the Teabaggers.

  17. bebop says:

    McConnell: “Probably not my best answer” I think the people of KY could say the same thing about Mitch McConnell’s answers for their state as well.

  18. Jeff Lewis says:

    Sen. McConnell quoted both Obama and Biden to make his point. The Tea Party is about one-third red-state resentment, and they do gin up racist language. But two-thirds of it is about this idea that the government spends too much money, and that makes people’s taxes go up.

    That’s a logical mistake, but it’s still a mistake. The United States is not a store, and we’re not shopkeepers. Rather, this country has twice as many people as it had when I was young; and it’s going to go to 450 million in 50 years.

    Most of those new people will be Hispanic. They will come, not to wheedle already limited services, but simply to work. And as long as American employers want to hire low-pay workers, they will get in.

    That’s why the government has to expand – the population is expanding. But there is, if you will, less government per person now than there was forty years ago.

    I understand that the Tea Party people just want this not to happen. But it cannot be stopped. No fence – underground or otherwise – will do it.

    It’s not about racism. It’s about the national project, which, once again, like it or not, is integrating a large new population. Since they’re not coming as slaves, but only as exploited workers, it should be a piece of cake.

  19. seymourhiney says:

    Sad Mitch, even you don’t believe your words.

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  21. George says:

    Oh and we know for a fact that there are no people at these Tea Party rallies that want to discredit the organization by yelling things the organization does not agree with. If you believe that then you are dumber that you seem with all these comments.

  22. bingcherries says:

    “That’s why the government has to expand”

    ha hah. Let’s expand it all the way to a complete command and control state.

  23. ripples resident says:


  24. Carl says:

    I’ve read some absolutely ludicrous comments before, but some of this ignorance really takes the cake. Some of the comments are demeaning and obscene (you know who you are). First of all the T.E.A. Party does not generally support any specific political party, which is why people from all over the political spectrum are involved. Secondly, McConnell and his ilk will not be able to hijack this movement because the republican party are also part of the reason why the T.E.A. party was formed to begin with. Another thing to keep in mind is that calling someone a socialist is NOT a racist statement.

  25. George says:

    If you look at the appointments by this administration, they are clearly racist. Believe it or not, a black person can be as much a racist as a white person or a person of any other race. When you favor one race over another, as obama does, it is racist.

  26. Dennis says:

    Whether or not the Tea Party is racist has never been a concern of mine nor have I labled it that way. I just do not know what the Tea Party stands for – I know what they say they are against but I haven’t heard a single, solitary, specific thing that they would do to make things better. They say “less government” – okay where? What would be cut? They say “2nd Amendment rights” – okay don’t they have that? No one has taken that away – you can even carry weapons into our parks now – you can buy a gun any time you want. They don’t want the Health Care Reform plan – do they want it repealed before it has begun? The arguments are so unclear – I think they just want to vent some anger and that’s okay but it is difficult to make yourself credible when you cannot produce some sound ideas. So, Tea Party folk, vent your anger all you want as long as it is done non-violently, it is kind of an interesting sideshow.

  27. Tim says:

    Well, of course they ain’t racist. They hate the same people that Mitch does.

  28. stevansky says:

    The Democratic Party and the NAACP attract more racists than the Tea Party ever will. It is no less sickening there than it is anywhere else but the Tea Party and anyone else who opposes them politically are the only ones who get singled out. That the Black Panthers can stand in front of a polling area in PA with clubs and gets ignored by most of the major media and swept under the rug by the Justice Department speaks volumes.

  29. Buck Feshear says:

    Lower taxes and let people keep more of the money they earn. Perfectly common-sense and a positive message (what they are “for.”)

  30. LumberJock says:

    If it waddles like a duck and quacks like a duck it’s a racist tea-bragger. Find me a tea-bragger that can prove he or she didn’t vote for mcconnell and I’ll show you a liar who is more cunning than honest.

  31. Buck Feshear says:

    Why all the talk about a deviant sexual practice performed mostly by homosexuals?

  32. jim conley says:

    The Republicans and these Lipton Tea Bags are simply disgusted with themselves, and need to let off a little steam. They had no chance of winning ’08 with McCain & Palin, and they didn’t. And then we elected our very first African-American President, and to them that was throwing salt in the wound.
    They are all for destroying Obama (if they can) simply to bolster their chances in ’12.
    And that won’t happen unless they can offer up someone more electable than Gingrich or Romney.

  33. Big Ben 4 liberty says:

    Can you idiot leftards keep your sexual fantasies out of your delusional rants? I am so sick of hearing the now old, stupid and completely unfunny “teabagger” comment. Now I know most of you who use it only wish you you could engage is some hot “teabagging” action but the rest of us don’t care.

  34. Gator says:

    The left wingers are scared to death. Prepare for the tidal wave of Republicans, it is coming this November. The tax and spend crowd (dummycrats) are on the way out. Thank god, I cannot take princess Polosi and Reed any longer. Repeal the death tax already, it is a tax that brings in very little to the Federal Gov’t. It destroys family businesses and farms. The tea party is right, we need to take our government back.

  35. Steven says:

    Really, you have no idea why we are at war? You need to do a bit research for yourself and not listen to the left. I have been there and these people are crazy and you better believe that they want to kill you. Not because your a white, black, mexican, democrat or rebuplican, but because your an Amercaian!

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